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06/14/2016-06/20/2016

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Unmapped places in OpenStreetMap 1 | © OpenStreetMap Contributors CC-BY-SA 2.0

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    This issue was not published in time because we do not have enough manpower in our English editing team. Anyone interested in helping with proof-reading please contact us.

Mapping

  • Simon Poole has created a JOSM background layer based on Open Data from the Canton of Berne to help with mapping addresses.
  • Martin Koppenhoefer opened a long-lasting discussion on the quirks of the current MAPS.ME edition and the consequent influx of new data into OSM.
  • Fredy Rivera visited the “Cerro Machín”, a very dangerous (because of its size and its position) assessed stratovolcano in Columbia with the habitants of the area to capture necessary data in OSM which can be helpful in case of an outbreak. (automatic translation)
  • Martin Koppenhoefer asks if or how detailed 3D information should be in the OpenStreetMap database as he has serious problems giving complex 3D buildings regular tags.
  • Pascal Neis reran his evaluation of “unmapped places” in OpenStreetMap on a current planet dump.
  • The talk mailing list discussed about the tagging proposal process in relation to water, classification issues and tag usage.
  • Amauri discusses how the needs of trekkers and bikers are not met on the Mapnik map at wide zoom levels. He begins discussion on a tagging based solution.
  • Daniel Koć discussed on the tagging list schemes for a laundromats and parcel boxes.
  • Despite the withdrawal of the proposal for highway=social_path, the discussion continues on the Tagging mailing list. Simon Poole considers it to be one of the most bewildering threads he has ever seen on tagging.
  • Want to help mapping for the Rio Olympics? There is a new task on OSM Columbia.

Community

OpenStreetMap Foundation

  • Brogo contrasts (German) (automatic translation) income, donations and budgets of OSM based projects to show how little funding the core OpenStreetMap-Foundation receives.

Events

  • User Ikiya reported on the Shirakawa (Fukushima, Japan) mapping party (Japanese) (automatic translation) and the progress achieved as a result.

Humanitarian OSM

  • Presenters for 30 minute sessions or 5 minute lightning talks are sought for the HOT Summit on September 22 in Brussels. The theme of the Summit is “OpenStreetMap, the Global HOT Community, and Achieving the Sustainable Development Goals.” Submission deadline is June 30.
  • A new project for disaster prevention is seeking funding, to create a mobile unit for the communal generation of free geographical information. Fredy Rivera is seeking 21,500,000 Columbian Pesos (about $7500 USD) with a pilot project of the Cerro Machin Volcano. More details.

Maps

  • The members of the Latin-American Telegram group show their locations on a map.
  • Gerald Ainomugisha reports in the Australian anthill about Jack Gonzales, the founder of the startup MapJam. Mapjam is priced below Google Maps for application developers wanting vector maps and uses OSM as a data source.
  • The Speichenkarte (Deutsch) (automatic translation) which provides OSM Garmin maps for European cyclists has received a lot of improvements: contours, improved routing, Cobblestone, sac_scale, etc in its June 8 release.
  • Mapquest Open will be turned off on July 11th. It has to been replaced at osm.org where it has been used as a selectable layer up to now. Richard Fairhurst mentions some alternatives on Twitter.
  • User Escada is writing about his use cases of the online thematic map service MapContrib. A summary of new features of MapContrib version 0.8.0 has also been posted by developer Frederic.

switch2OSM

  • The new version (1.3) of GPX viewer and recorder for Windows 10 now integrates OSM in three versions, traffic information and new languages.
  • The province of Nord Brabant in the Netherlands is using OpenStreetmap for the base map in its “Natuurpoorten” website (Dutch) (automatic translation). The site gives information about cycling and hiking activities in the province.

Open Data

  • Stefan Kaufmann is building a machine readable map of German public transport authorities on Github and tweets (German) seeking pull requests with GTFS data etc.
  • OpenEventDatabase has published an open API for collecting events with geographic and temporal data (what, where, when).

Licences

  • The Belgian Parliament has legislated the introduction of freedom of panorama. (Dutch) (automatic translation) The law will come into force ten days after the publication in the Official Gazette. There are also discussions in English on the talk-be the mailing list.

Software

  • Marble 1.14.1 is now also available for Windows with almost as many features as the Linux version.
  • Martin Over publishes a beta version of his OpenDEM Tracker Android App to collect data for an Open Digital Elevation Model. Test it!
  • William Temperley reports about his progress to import the OSM planet in Hadoop and seeks input from others using “big data” tools on OSM.

Programming

  • Algolia Places is a new JavaScript library allowing address autocompletion on a html <input> field using OpenStreetMap.
  • Some Redittors had a discussion about browser bookmarklets to jump from a Google map to the same location on OpenStreetMap.
  • Michael Zangl, who’s in the progress of cleaning up the JOSM core, wrote a summary about the progress of the first half of his GSoC project.
  • Anandthakker experimented with convolutional neural networks to extract details in satellite images using OSM as training data and shows the results. (Via @anandthakker)

Releases

Software Version Release Date Comment
Mapillary Android 2.24 2016-06-15 Some extensions and some bug fixes
Cruiser for Android 1.4.7 2016-06-16 Some updates
Cruiser for Desktop 1.2.6 2016-06-16
OSRM Backend 5.2.3 2016-06-17 Bugfix
Komoot iOS 8.1 2016-06-18
Komoot Android var 2016-06-19

provided by the OSM Software Watchlist

Did you know …

  • … the Floating Piers from the artist Christo in OSM at Monte Isola. If you want to visit the installation, hurry up because after the 3rd of July the work will be dismantled and disappear from OSM as well. If you can’t travel, there is a video and a webcam.
  • The German artist and mapper, Max Newport has an installation exploring government censorship on South Korean maps, in particular golf courses.

Other “geo” things

  • La Nacion from Argentina reported (Spanish) (automatic translation) that the now newly opened huge Panama Canal expansion (OSM1) and (OSM2) comes at the worst possible time for the shipping trade.
  • Krithika Vavagur reports in the Huffington Post on the mapping of the slums of Mathare, Nairobi. Google Maps has blank areas but OSM has detail which acts as an enabler for services to be delivered to residents. The Kenyan social enterprise SpatialCollective is mapping slum areas with the help of local young people.
  • What happens when right-hand drive needs to change to left-hand traffic and vice-versa? This 😉 (And yes it’s mapped on OSM)
  • Heise online (German) (automatic translation) reports on the measure of success that retailers are having with Facebook’s “local awareness” advertising. Users with smartphones are displayed advertisements of nearby businesses with sources claiming up to 12% of users visited the nearby business within a week of seeing the advertisement.
  • AccessNow are trying to crowd-source mapping of handicapped accessible bars, restaurants and shops but the functionality seems not as good as Wheelmap.org. For displaying the POIs they use Google Maps.

Upcoming Events

Dónde Qué Fecha País
Nottingham Nottingham 21/06/2016 united kingdom
Barcelona Ajuda a millorar la cartografia de l’Equador – 2a edició 22/06/2016 spain
Rapperswil ”’Swiss PG Day 2016”’ 24/06/2016 switzerland
Sliač Mapping párty Sliač 25/06/2016 slovakia
Colorado Saturday Mapternoon, Evergreen 25/06/2016 united states
California Import Party, Los Angeles 25/06/2016 united states
Rio de Janeiro Rio Olympics Mapping 25/06/2016-26/06/2016 brazil
Kyoto 京都世界遺産マッピングパーティ:最終回 天龍寺 25/06/2016 japan
Montpellier Rencontre mensuelle 29/06/2016 france
Antwerp Missing Maps @ IPIS 29/06/2016 belgium
Valencia Taller HOT UPV 2016 29/06/2016 spain
Bengaluru OSM Hack Weekend in Mapbox 02/07/2016-03/07/2016 india
Shizuoka OpenStreetMapワークショップ in 日本平 (Nihondaira) 02/07/2016 japan
Salzburg OSM-Sonntag 03/07/2016 austria
Salzburg ”’FOSSGIS 2016”’ 04/07/2016-06/07/2016 austria
Salzburg AGIT 2016 06/07/2016-08/07/2016 austria

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06/07/2016-06/13/2016

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Data-driven styling for live earthquake tracking [1] | the real time earthquake map

Mapping

  • It looks like the new mapping function of Maps.me creates some false data in OSM (automatic translation from German). Some mappers are collecting questionable edits on a wiki page.
  • User JIDB improved his proposal posted in April about extending the tagging of Kneipp facilities based on users comments. Kneipp facilities (in German) are popular in German speaking countries.
  • An ambitious discussion takes place on the tagging mailing list about turn lanes.
  • Kevin Kohler starts a discussion about bus route 95A  (automatic translation) where the route has two variants, one of which only runs once a day in each direction. The discussion centres around what happens if someone uses OSM and thinks they are on the frequent part of the route when they are not and how can it be tagged or indeed how should it be tagged.
  • User Amacri posted a request for a new tag natural=upland as type way or to enable the use of type “way” for the tag “place”. Currently, the tag place=isolated_dwelling is defined as node or a polygon (area), but not as a way.
  • A call for a tree mapping party in Basaveshwaranagar (India) on ‘The World Environment Day’.
  • A tweet announcing that OSM France is present at the Fujitsu World Tour.
  • A cool project to visualize OSM data in 3D and split vertically by year. The developer of the project used the OSM Postgis Script to load the data into PostGIS. The result is a 3D map which can be navigated.

Community

  • A paper entitled “Guided Classification System for Conceptual Overlapping Classes in OpenStreetMap” has been just published in the International Journal of Geo-Information. The paper aims at contributing to the validation of OSM datasets. A web-based application called Grass&Green was implemented which provides recommendations for crowdsourcing validation. This research encourages the development of customized applications that target a particular geographic feature.

Imports

  • Wojciech Myrda documented his import of GDOS data in Poland.

OpenStreetMap Foundation

  • The OSMF License Working Group has submitted the text of the Collective Database Guideline to the OSMF Board for a decision. There is a discussion concerning this matter on the mailing-list Legal-Talk.

Events

  • State of the Map US 2016, will be held at Seattle University on the 23rd to the 25th of July and will focus on the importance of free map data in humanitarian efforts of organizations, ranging from Microsoft and the American Red Cross to the Tacoma Fire Department. More information here.
  • OSM talks resume at RIOSCRAM 2016 – ISCRAM Conference in Rio de Janeiro.

Humanitarian OSM

  • The Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team of the University of Vermont reported on its activities in recent months in response to the disasters in Ecuador and Sri Lanka.
  • Nirab Pudasaini reports in opensource.com on the role of OSM and other Open Data/Humanitarian projects after the devastating earthquake in Nepal 2015. In summary he explains: Opensource projects save lives.
  • Dale Kunce provides in Missing Maps blog a compilation of detected road kilometers, depending on the acquisition year. As examples he uses the United States, the Philippines and Guinea. He thinks that this can indicate which areas are still relatively unmapped.
  • On the HOT mailing list some papers on the effective impact of disaster mapping are collected.

Maps

  • [1] Peter Liu from Mapbox uses the data from USGS (US Geological Survey) and created a real-time map of all earthquakes, which are measured by the USGS. Please be patient, retrieving more than 9000 quakes of this month takes some time. 😉 Hover over each marker to inspect the quake, and click to zoom in and view satellite imagery of the surrounding area.
  • The center of Berlin is now represented in Minecraft. The map is based on open geodata from the Berliner Datenportal and OpenStreetMap. It was developed by con terra using FME ™ technology. The map can be downloaded and used freely.
  • The piano map is quite new and not yet listed in the map collection.

Open Data

  • A paper published at AGILE (A conceptual model to assess the quality of volunteered geographic information for the purpose of flood management that combines cross-platform data, i.e. OpenStreetMap and social media data, and authoritative data. This model is part of an ongoing research for the development of an approach for quality assessment of VGI in flood situations from citizen observers. (Update – Link to the paper fixed!)
  • Karin Lindström reports (Schweden) in ComputerSweden on the release of official maps in Sweden (automatic translation). Users Skinfaxi opened a discussion in the German forum in which it is recognised that these data are not yet OSM-compatible (automatic translation).

Licences

  • Mapbox has set up a support point for attribution issues on Mapbox hosted maps.
  • Sven Geggus asks (Deutsch) (automatic translation) at mailing list Talk-de if there are leading cases about the usage of registered trademark symbols in maps.

Software

  • Users yogesh10446 points to the Android app mymap. It offers offline maps for Nepal and makes it possible to share location with friends and to edit OSM data as well.

Programming

  • James Halliday explains with more technical details how osm-p2p works. The project is a decentralized peer-to-peer database for storing and editing OpenStreetMap data.
  • As part of his GSoC project Zabot worked on generating perlin noise to suppress the otherwise visible texture repeats.
  • Meteopool.org who make maps for storm chasing and weather watching, wrote about (German) (automatic translation) their switch to OpenLayers 3 and forthcoming relaunch. They are also looking for a student developer or keen storm chaser to help them in creating three smartphone apps.
  • The planet dump which is usually published on Thursday was delayed by a few days because a very long comment at a changeset discussion made a script crash.
  • Stefan Hahmann reports about an older publication of his about generating incline values for street networks based on GPS traces from OpenStreetMap. Those values might be used for energy-efficient routing or they might be used to reconstruct more detailed elevation data with a method presented in Germany last year.

Releases

Software Version Release Date Comment
Overpass-Turbo 2016-06-06 6.6.2016
Maps.me iOS 6.1.9 7.6.2016 Bug fixes, new map data files
iD 1.9.6 8.6.2016
libosmium 2.7.3 8.6.2016 faster output of OSM files in format of XML, OPL or debug format
Maps.me Android var 8.6.2016 Bug fixes, new map dada files
Osmium Tool 1.3.1 8.6.2016 new parameters and command line switches
Route Converter 2.18 8.6.2016 see release information itself
Mapillary Android 2.22 13.6.2016 bug fixes and extended features
OSRM Backend 5.2.1 13.6.2016 bug fix version to 5.2.0

Provided by the OSM Software Watchlist

Did you know …

  • … the Blender tutorial “Creating a Realistic City With OpenStreetMap in Blender”? On Lesterbanks.com you can see the 90 minutes video with impressive results.
  • … the page who shows you an overview of GIS formats?

OSM in the media

  • Chefuturo.it: (Italian) In Lecce, Apulia, 80 volunteers got together along with the disabled people to capture more than 1,100 barriers in town and mapped them. (automatic translation)

Other “geo” things

  • Justin O’Beirne, former head of department at Apple Maps,  did a detail analysis of the differences between Apple and Google Maps. The analysis are divided into 4 parts, the part 1 is about the content and their descriptions. The next parts will be published in the following weeks.
  • The Indian government denies permission to Google Street View over security concerns.
  • Google has developed OpenLocationCode from its Zurich engineering office. With the help of this system a location should be easier to relate to than using Latitude/Longitude. The code is available on Github. The addresses can [be determined] on the map (https://plus.codes/6PVH0000) such as:
    • Olympiastadion, Berlin, Germany 52.51462/13.23952 or 9F4MG67Q+VQ
    • Tatro Carlos Marx, Havanna, Cuba, 23.12933/-82.41934 or 76MV4HHJ+M7
    • Macchu Picchu, Peru, -13.16399/-72.54453 or 57R9RFP4+C4 (Update: codes fixed)
  • An article in Wired about Transitland, which collects and standardizes real-time public data sets for public transport. This service, offered by mapping platform Mapzen, provides developers with public transport data of more than 200 regions.
  • Current geoinformation is economically more valuable. This is the result of a survey of swisstopo and the Swiss organization for geographical information (SOGI).

Upcoming Events

Where What When Country
Esino Lario Mapping party in preparazione di Wikimania 2016 06/18/2016-06/19/2016 italy
Nottingham Nottingham 06/21/2016 united kingdom
Rapperswil Swiss PG Day 2016 06/24/2016 switzerland
Kyoto 京都世界遺産マッピングパーティ:最終回 天龍寺 06/25/2016 japan
Sliač Mapping párty Sliač 06/25/2016 slovakia
Colorado Saturday Mapternoon, Evergreen 06/25/2016 united states
Graz Stammtisch 06/27/2016 austria
Montpellier Rencontre mensuelle 06/29/2016 france
Antwerp Missing Maps @ IPIS 06/29/2016 belgium
Shizuoka OpenStreetMapワークショップ in 日本平 (Nihondaira) 07/02/2016 japan

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